There's nothing like an original !!!
Hildy Johnson (Pat O'Brien), newspaper reporter, is engaged to Peggy Grant and planning to move to New York for a higher paying advertising job. The court press room is full of lame reporters who invent stories as much as write them. All are waiting to cover the hanging of Earl Williams. When Williams escapes from the inept Sheriff, Hildy seizes the opportunity by using his $260 honeymoon money to payoff an insider and get the scoop on the escape. However, Walter Burns (Adolphe Menjou), the Post's editor, is slow to repay Hildy back, hoping that he will stay on the story. Getting a major scoop looks possible when Hildy stumbles onto the bewildered escapee and hides him in a roll-top desk in the press room. Burns shows up to help. Can they keep Williams' whereabouts secret long enough to get the scoop, especially with the Sheriff and other reporters hovering around?
Nominated for three Oscars
November 26, 2007 Subject:
A good movie
This movie has the best performance I've seen by Walter Menjou. I downloaded the 700MB file. I couldn't understand all of the dialog due to poor audio and I wish the video was better.
Reviewer:Elisha Cook III
October 27, 2007 Subject:
Classic Romantic Comedy
No one ever wrote better dialogue than Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. This film shows them at the top of their form. Lewis Milestone uses clever and creative camera angles and transitions to distract from the fact that this was originally written for the stage. The cast is delightful- especially Adolphe Menjou and Edward Everett Horton. The pacing is lively. driven by the crisp and cynical interplay of the reporters. The film is only slightly dated- most notably in the occasional cruel ethnic slurs of the reporters. A definite must-see.